3 Small Towns Near Vallarta · Nayarit
Vallarta · Nayarit is a paradise for both residents and visitors, as its privileged location turns this destination into an exceptional place of sand, sun and beach; in addition to have infinite experiences to discover.
With so much to explore, the Vallarta Lifestyles editorial team invites you to explore and venture into the surroundings to get to know the emblematic nearby towns rich in history, serrana architecture, traditional cuisine and warm hospitality, all embraced by the impressive Sierra Madre landscapes.
San Sebastián del Oeste
Located one hour and ten minutes from Vallarta · Nayarit, San Sebastián del Oeste is an authentic jewel to be discovered. You can easily tell you are leaving the beach as soon as you notice how the temperature drops. This beautiful and traditional place is a magical town filled with history and enchantment. You will feel as if you’re traveling back in time.
If you are in for a bit more adventure, go horseback riding, take a coffee tour or rent an ATV and visit El Cerro de La Bufa, a hill on the outskirts of town where you can enjoy a majestic view of the mountains.
Mascota is another magical place where you will travel back in time. It is located north of Vallarta · Nayarit, an hour and a half away. It is a beautiful, picturesque town with a couple of interesting museums, a church by its main square and delicious restaurants.
Local landmarks include the Corrinchis Dam, the Juanacatlán Lagoon, the town of Yerbabuena, El Molcajete volcano, El Malpaso petrified fields and El Rincón de Ixcatán waterfall.
Talpa de Allende
Founded in 1599, Talpa de Allende revolves around its church of Nuestra Señora del Rosario de Talpa, a large 18th-century European-style basilica. Every year, on four different festivities, this church receives hundreds of thousands of pilgrims who visit the tiny Virgin of Talpa statue.
Wandering through the streets of Talpa de Allende is the best way to enjoy the town. Be sure to visit the local market to savor authentic Mexican dishes, visit the statue of Christ the King at the top of the hill to appreciate a gorgeous view of the valley and the town, as well as go to the Maple Forest on the outskirts of this place.